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  1. Vladimir Ashkenazy & Beethoven

    I’m surfacing from my summer hiatus with our “Firfth Tuesday” quarterly montage.

    For this third montage for July, we conclude a three-part survey of soviet composers and performers with a set of Beethoven piano sonatas performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy, who left the Soviet Uniuon for the West in 1963.

    Ashkenazy’s family moved to Iceland in 1968 where, in 1972, he became an Icelandic citizen. In 1978 the couple and their (then) four children (Vladimir Stefan, Nadia Liza,
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    Updated Jul-30-2019 at 12:45 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Composers , Musicians , Recorded Music
  2. Zubin Mehta Conducts Brahms

    It is hard to believe that Zubin Mehta turned 83 years old this past April. I have vague recall of Mehta as Music Director of my hometown Montreal Symphony (from 1961 to 1967), at a time of great civil and cultural transformation in my home province of Quebec – a relationship that he maintained for almost 20 years after he left, in part due to the fact his brother, Zarin, was the orchestra’s long time managing director.

    Mehta received praise early in his career for dynamic interpretations
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  3. Joseph Haydn, András Schiff ‎– Piano Sonatas

    This week's YouTube share, in our Cover 2 Cover series, is kind of a follow-up to two past Friday montages, Haydn at the keyboard from about two years ago and a recent montage featuring Scarlatti and Mozart keyboard sonatas performed by András Schiff. Schiff is again featured, this time in a few Haydn keyboard sonatas.

    The classical piano sonata doesn't seem to achieve mass appeal until you reach Beethoven's contributions. Mozart's Sonatas are appreciated, but not really taken to
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  4. Tchaikovsky: Complete works for cello and orchestra

    This week’s Cover 2 Cover post is another album from the Brilliant Classics label, this one dedicated to the music of Tchaikovsky.

    As is often the case with these Brilliant Classics releases, this CD is a re-issue (or re-distribution). The recording has been in the catalog of Saison Russe, Le Chant du Monde and Harmonia Mundi since 1994 and features Russian cellist Alexander Rudin and the Moscow-based Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra.

    As the official website discusses,
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  5. Mozart Organ Music

    To launch our Lenten programming, we are returning to our tradition of sharing organ works – I have a Friday post in a few weeks and this one, in our Cover 2 Cover series featuring a complete disk from Brilliant Classics.

    Described by the composer himself as ‘the king of instruments’, the organ and its music form a small but not insignificant part of Mozart’s vast catalog of compositions. Mozart's renowned skill as an improviser at the organ combined with the very limited scope
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